Saturday, August 29, 2009

Space shuttle Discovery finally lifts off

Space shuttle Discovery finally lifted off the Kennedy Space Center in Florida today after two previous hitches delayed the mission. Storms and technical issues delayed two earlier attempts this week. STS-128 lifted of at 23:59 ET on Friday local time [03:39 GMT Saturday]. Discovery will carry the Leonardo supply module to the International Space Station and deliver new crew member Nicola Stott to replace Tim Kopra who moved into the ISS during STS-127. The crew of Discovery will also diliver refrigerator sized racks of equipment, including the COLBERT treadmill, exercise devicce named after the US comedian Stephen Colbert.

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